Green Pineapple Coconut Water Smoothie
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With the hot weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a cold and refreshing smoothie. This green pineapple coconut water smoothie is made with only a few simple ingredients and is delicious and healthy.
Why We Love This Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
I’m a huge fan of pina colada drinks and candies, and I love pairing the two in smoothies as well. Pineapple and coconut pair so very well together, and the addition of a bit of orange, cashews for texture, and spinach for color and nutrients is outstanding.
We try new recipes for smoothies almost daily and have a ton of recipes we’ve made over the years. This is one we go back to again and again! My kids and I adore it and I hope you do, too!
Ingredients in Our Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe
Pineapple is one of the best smoothie fruits because it’s naturally sweet, low in calories, and provides a good source of Vitamin C. It also has bromelain, an enzyme that helps with digestion.
You can use fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks in this recipe.
Oranges are another great source of Vitamin C. They also add a lovely sweetness to the smoothie without being overbearing.
You’ll need just a small orange for this recipe, so use half a larger orange or a small mandarin orange or clementine. (We always have these on hands for the kids to eat fresh.)
I like to sneak some greens into our smoothies whenever I can, and spinach is one of my favorites. It’s virtually flavorless in smoothies, but it does give the smoothie a beautiful green color.
If you don’t have spinach, feel free to substitute with another leafy green like kale or Swiss chard.
Cashews add a bit of creaminess to this smoothie without adding any dairy. They also provide a good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium.
I use unsalted cashews but feel free to add in any nuts you have on hand or another nut if you like. You could also use oats or chia seed if you want this smoothie to be nut free.
Shredded coconut is another one of my favorite ingredients in this smoothie. It adds a lovely coconut flavor and texture, and I love the extra bit of tropical flavor it provides.
You could also use coconut flakes or even a few drops of coconut extract if that’s what you have on hand.
Coconut water is lower in calories than fruit juice and is a great source of electrolytes like potassium. It’s also fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. Coconut water is perfect for smoothies, and it pairs so well with pineapple.
You can feel free to substitute coconut milk or even almond milk for the coconut water if you don’t have any on hand or aren’t a big fan.
How to Blend Our Coconut Water Smoothie
This smoothie is so easy to make! Simply add all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
If you find that the smoothie is too thick, add in a bit more coconut water or even orange juice or pineapple juice until it reaches the desired consistency.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoy this green pineapple coconut water smoothie as much as we do!
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How to Customize This Healthy Smoothie Recipe
Add protein: Add a scoop of protein powder in a flavor of your choice (I would avoid chocolate with this flavor combination, but vanilla, unflavored or even pineapple or coconut would work well). You could also add in Greek yogurt or even nut butter such as almond butter, cashew butter or peanut butter.
Make it sweeter: If you find that this smoothie isn’t sweet enough for your taste, add in a bit of raw honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or even a pitted date or two. Adding in fresh pineapple juice in place of the coconut water will also make this smoothie sweeter. Monk fruit and stevia are two other great options.
Add more greens: As I mentioned, I love to sneak extra greens into our smoothies whenever possible. If you want to add more spinach (or another leafy green) to this recipe, go for it! I would start with an extra half cup or so and then add more if desired. A super greens powder is a good choice, too.
Make it creamier: If you want a richer, creamier smoothie, add in a bit of full-fat canned coconut milk in place of the coconut water. This will also make the smoothie sweeter, so you may want to reduce the amount of sweetener you add.
Use frozen fruit: Using frozen fruit will make this smoothie even more refreshing and will give it a lovely thick texture. A frozen banana is my go-to frozen fruit of choice for a creamy smoothie, and using frozen pineapple or frozen mango chunks will also give a thicker texture. Frozen berries are another great choice.
Make it a green pineapple smoothie bowl: Simply reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe, blend until thick and creamy, and then top with your favorite toppings. I like to top ours with shredded coconut, cashews, and a bit of fresh fruit. Enjoy as is or add a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra protein.
Add superfoods: If you want to add a bit of a nutritional boost to this smoothie, consider adding in some superfoods like chia seeds, hemp hearts, spirulina, or even matcha powder. Start with a small amount (1/2 teaspoon or so) and then increase as desired. You could even add in acai, dragon fruit or goji berries. Adding coconut oil will give you a good dose of healthy fat while still giving you a delicious smoothie with a pineapple coconut flavor.
Green Pineapple Coconut Water Smoothie
- Measuring Equipment
- 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh, frozen or canned)
- 1 small orange (peeled)
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 Tbsp cashews
- 2 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 cup coconut water
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Blend on high speed until smooth.
Final Thoughts on This Green Pineapple Coconut Water Smoothie
Have you ever tried a green smoothie? If not, this pineapple coconut water smoothie is a great place to start! It’s made with only a few simple ingredients – pineapple, orange, spinach, cashews, shredded coconut and coconut water.
And it’s so easy to make! Simply add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
This green smoothie is perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack. It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. And it’s a great way to sneak some extra greens into your diet.